How to open garlic

In this brief guide, we are going to answer the question “How to open garlic?” with an in-depth analysis of methods to open garlic. Moreover, we are going to discuss the storage and nutritional value of garlic.

How to open garlic?

There are various methods that you can use to open the garlic.

Some of them are as follows;

  • Use of knife
  • To cut the garlic heads in the half
  • Use of hot water
  • Use of jar method 
  • Use the help of a Microwave 

How can you open the garlic using a knife?

To cut the garlic using a knife follow the instructions given below;

  • Put the garlic cloves on the cutting board.
  • Put the flat side of a wide knife over the garlic clove and firmly press down the clove keeping the pressure gentle.
  • Remove the knife from it, now you can easily remove the skin of the girl the ic.

How can you open the garlic by cutting the head of it in half?

This method only works if you have to use the minced or chopped garlic in your recipe.

To open the garlic by this method, follow the instructions given below;

  • Chop the middle of the garlic from the equator of the clove.
  • Put both parts of the garlic on your chopping board and put the knife over the glove and press it, it will remove all of its skin.

How to open the garlic using hot water?

To remove the garlic by using hot water, follow the instructions given below;

  • Take the garlic cloves and put them in a bowl filled with hot water.
  • Let them soak for 1 min and then remove the skin, it will be easily removed.

How to open the garlic using a jar?

To open the garlic using a jar;

Put the garlic cloves in the jar and shake the jar vigorously.

It will remove the skin off the garlic cloves easily.

How to open the garlic cloves using the microwave?

To open the garlic cloves using the microwave, follow the given instructions;

  • Take cold water in a microwave-safe bowl and put the garlic cloves into it.
  • After 30_60 seconds, put it out of the microwave, and you would be able to remove it easily.

How long can garlic last?

The shelf life of the garlic depends on its storage.

  • If you have whole unpeeled garlic, it will last for about 6 months.
  • If you have peeled garlic which has been separated from its head it can last for 3 weeks.
  • Once you peeled the garlic, you should use it within a week.
  • However, if the garlic has been minced or chopped, it will only last for a maximum of 24 hours but you should try to use it as soon as possible.

What are the signs of bad garlic?

Garlic won’t easily go bad even at room temperature but you should check it before using it.

And if the garlic has gone bad, you shouldn’t use it.

Some of the signs of the bad garlic are given below;

  • If your garlic seems soft on giving a squeeze, it may have gone bad.
  • Off colour or discolouration of peel, garlic indicates it has gone bad.

How to properly store the garlic?

Proper storage is necessary to keep the garlic good for a longer period.

You can store the garlic in the following ways to increase its shelf-life;

  • You can store the whole heads of the unpeeled garlic at room temperature in a cool,  dry place using a mesh bag or loosely woven basket.
  • If you have whole peeled garlic or minced or chopped garlic, the best place for their storage is the refrigerator.
  • You can use it for 2_3 days if kept in the fridge.
  • You should avoid keeping the whole head of unpeeled garlic in the fridge.
  • Another way to store the garlic for a long time is to freeze it but it’s quite a long process as it can’t be directly stored.

What is the nutritional value of garlic?

The nutritional value of the one raw clove of the garlic (3g) given by the USDA is as follows;

  • Calories: 4.5
  • Fat: 0g
  • Sodium: 0.5mg
  • Carbohydrates: 1g
  • Fibre: 0.1g
  • Sugars: 0g
  • Protein: 0.2g
  • Vitamin C: 0.9mg
  • Zinc: 0.04mcg

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In this brief guide, we answered the question “How to open garlic?” with an in-depth analysis of methods to open the garlic.  Moreover, we discussed the storage and nutritional value of garlic.


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